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Monday Muse: Acceptance & Renewal for Easter!

Totality Reverend Eric Butterworth, Unity minister and author, speaks of the totality of life as being all of life-the ‘whole of things.’ We live in the present, the now of life that is all together. Remember that Beatles song: All Together Now? That’s the best way I can think of to contemplate the happy thought of a unified world. Rev. Butterworth tells us not to think in terms of separation, absence, and doing ‘all sorts of magical things that you think are going to cause something out here to come into you.’ “Be still and know that I am” tells us that God is present all around us and within us. And within our Spirit lies the divine spark.  If we can allow the spirit to express itself, we can relax and know that it will hear us, guide us and direct our lives to unfold according to divine order. Acceptance It is hard to do what we speak of with Reverend Butterworth! Just relaxing and allowing the divine order to come to us is difficult. It’s hard to accept our lives sometimes. We were brought up to believe acceptance of our fate is a very passive posture that brings with it the notion that we have failed. Yet when we acknowledge the reality of our lives, we can say yes and open the door to our hearts and our spirits that will allow new ideas and new wisdom to enter into our lives. It is argued that active acceptance really does require not just incredible faith but strength of character.  To have a loving acceptance in all aspects, in the totality of our lives, it then allows for the divine presence of God’s everlasting love. We can use that love to pay it forward in our own thoughts and words and actions. We accept God’s presence in the totality of our lives. Renewal That is the word of the day when we think of Easter Sunday. We think of renewals and endless possibilities in our own lives. “The old is gone. The new is yet to be. With Steadfast faith, I rest, knowing that my Spirit is being renewed” These are the words of a young woman minister from South Florida, Reverend Elizabeth Longo. Reverend Longo speaks of reveling in the process where her body, mind and soul are being renewed-resurrected from the tomb of self-pity. And then delighting in the creation that is unfolding. We can think of endless possibilities in the totality of our lives when we not only accept God’s presence, but begin to renew our own souls and revive our spirits daily. We can then begin feasting on the word and living with the promise before us. That is the promise that we gain from celebrating Easter and the new beginnings we seek. Mantra This week I will be still and Know that I am in the presence of a divine spirit. When I accept the possibilities before me by opening up my heart and soul to God’s love and presence, I will begin to renew my own spirit and revive that spark that I had as a Child of God. Bible Verse …The Mystery hidden for ages and generations….which is Christ in you, the hope of glory”- Colossians 1:26:27

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Monday Mojo: Hope & Destiny align for better things in the New Year!

This week, we are focused on three keywords: Destiny, Forgiveness & Hope. If you’d like to join our Growing Group, sign up here at Monday Mojo to become part of our weekly group. We take the messages of the week and members will receive e-mails that include our exercises for the week, based on the weeks core message. Sign up today! It’s so easy to become a member and start your New Year off with a bang and a free membership to Monday Mojo! Destiny From the work Desiderata, there’s a line that goes: “The universe is unfolding as it should…” The passage from the Bible says: We know that all things work together for good for those who love God–Romans 8:28. Has something ever happened in your life where you feel devastated, only to find that it was the right time and place for that chosen event to occur? And then you found out something better was waiting right around the corner. We may have had small doses of the divine wisdom of God seeping into our lives at some point. I know that it has happened to me. And no matter what does occur, when we look at the “Big Picture” of our life story, we can see that all things happen for a reason. And at the time, something bad may happen that will later inspire or lead us to bigger and better things. It’s part of the Divine Order for those of us who believe. Forgiveness We spoke of Forgiveness earlier this year as akin to carrying a heavy bag of stones around with you each day. The ritual cleansing in Unity churches often includes the New Year’s practice of writing past grievances and then placing them in a burning bowl, where you see the past rising from the ashes of past burdens we carry. We often feel lighter in heart and in spirit when we can let go of past hurts and allow our spirits to heal. It may take time and there is a process to allow the heart and spirit to heal a wound. But if we have open minds and can open our hearts to the healing spirit of God, all things are possible. Hope Hope is the thing with feathers- so goes the poem from Emily Dickinson. When a New Year comes in, it is always with a sense of hope and optimism. Particularly so for all of us in this year where Pandemics and sorrow and uncertainty have reigned over our lives throughout the year. In the Daily Word, Hope is described as “the window through which I glimpse the good that is yet to come in my life.’ We are all hopeful for the fruits of the spirit. And along with that comes our own energy and zest for life that we can add to a new year. Hope for the future is often intertwined with our faith in the present. We have faith in ourselves and our own ability to plan for a future that will be ours in a brighter and better New Year! Come to me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest- Matthew 11:28

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